Texas promotes Rodney Terry to full-time head coach

Christina Huang, Sports Editor

Just a day after Texas was minutes away from the Final Four, Texas has officially promoted Rodney Terry to full-time head coach.

Texas announced it had dropped the interim tag from Terry’s title Monday afternoon on social media. Terry’s profile on the official Texas Athletics’ website has already been updated to reflect his new promotion. 

“Rodney Terry was named the 26th head coach in Men’s Basketball program history at The University of Texas on March 27,” his new website biography reads.

The Austin American-Statesman’s Thomas Jones and Kirk Bohls reported on Monday that Terry’s new deal is a five-year, $15.3 million dollar contract. 

This year, Terry led the Longhorns to their deepest NCAA tournament run since the 2007-08 season. Texas fell to Miami, 88-81 on Sunday in the Elite Eight. 

This season’s Texas roster has been nothing but supportive of Terry. 

“For the past two years, since day one, meeting R.T., he’s been nothing but an amazing coach, a guy that’s pushed me to get better,” graduate guard Marcus Carr said about Terry after the team’s Sweet Sixteen win over Xavier. “He is my head coach.”

Former Texas players also expressed their support for Terry’s new promotion.

“I’m very excited that the right decision was made to continue this great culture for (Texas),” former Longhorn T.J. Ford said on Twitter. Ford played for Texas from 2001-03 and won the John R. Wooden Award in 2003.

Terry’s introductory press conference as Texas’ head coach is scheduled for 11 a.m. Tuesday.